The Lucy Parsons Project is an online educational resource designed to publicize the life of Lucy Parsons and the struggles she championed.
There is a rich and vibrant history of anarchist, labor and racial and gender struggles for social change which have been systematically ignored by conventional histories of the United States. Lucy Parsons, a poor woman of color who took great risks engaging in revolutionary anarchist movements for social change, is a part of this enormous history. She is a unique figure even within the anarchist movement, as one of the only known African-American anarchist women of her era. Many of the struggles in which she took part are responsible for the freedoms and privileges many Americans enjoy today. Yet there is very little information available about Lucy Parsons or the movements of her era. The only full length biography of Lucy Parsons is Lucy Parsons, American Revolutionary written by Carolyn Ashbaugh, and published by Charles H. Kerr publishing Co. in 1976, but has been out of print for over 25 years. The fact that so little information exists about Lucy Parsons and the movements she helped advance merited the development of this web site.
May 13 2004: Please note there are many improvements coming to this web site. Several new speeches and writings from Lucy Parsons will soon be available, plus a new section is being added to the web site documenting Lucy Parsons in the media. Lucy is making a come back and has recently appeared in several mainstream news and magazine publications as well as a new book about Lucy Parsons (the first in over 25 years). The Lucy Parsons Project will soon track and document the rise of Lucy Parsons in the media. Stay tuned.
The Lucy Parsons Project was launched June 9, 2003.
Last update May 14, 2004.
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